An “evil” sex offender who subjected a young girl to nearly a decade of abuse has been jailed for 15 years.
Peter Philip Wallis, 59, now of Thornden Buildings, Selby, carried out the offences between 1985 and 1994 in Scarborough against the victim, who is now aged 39.
Wallis, who previously lived in Scarborough, has now pleaded guilty to six counts of rape, three counts of indecent assault and one count of gross indecency.
Speaking after the hearing at York Crown Court, where the defendant was jailed for 15 years, Detective Constable Nadine Evans, of Scarborough Protecting Vulnerable Persons Unit, said: “Wallis is an evil man who subjected his victim to sustained abuse over a number of years.
“He has thankfully been imprisoned for a substantial length of time for his utterly appalling crimes.
“I would like to take the opportunity to praise the victim for her courage in coming forward and reporting these distressing crimes she was subjected to by Wallis.”
She added: “It is never too late for victims of sexual abuse to come forward and report the offences to the police. If you have been subjected to this type of crime, I urge you to come forward and get the help and support you need.”
North Yorkshire Police has appealed for anyone who has been the victim of any kind of abuse to contact its officers on 101.
Victims can also seek independent advice, support and services from Bridge House, North Yorkshire’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC). Call 01904 669339 or visit www.turntobridgehouse.org.